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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University men's and women's cross country teams will compete in the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Championships on Saturday (Oct. 26) in Houghton, Mich.
The annual conference championships will be hosted by Michigan Tech University at the Nordic Training Center. The top runners from around the GLIAC will head to the Upper Peninsula for the league championships.
Saturday's event gets under way at 11 a.m. (ET) with the women's 6K race. The men's 8K event will begin at 11:45 a.m. (ET). Then, at 12:45 p.m. (ET), there will be an open 8K race for the men with the women's open 6K event beginning at 1:30 p.m. (ET) and the awards ceremony to follow.
Grand Valley State is the defending champion on both the men's and the women's side.
The Ferris State men's and women's cross country teams are both listed among the top 10 teams in this week's United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Midwest Regional Rankings with the men sixth and the women ninth. Both teams have also been ranked among the top 25 nationally this season and are currently receiving votes.
A year ago, the Bulldog women earned runner-up honors while the men took fourth at the GLIAC Championships.
A year ago, both Ferris State teams qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championships by placing third at the 2012 NCAA-II Midwest Regional Championships held in Kenosha, Wis. The Bulldog men finished 13th in a competitive field at the national championships with the women placing 22nd overall in Joplin, Mo.
Last season represented only the seventh time in history the Bulldog women's cross country team had qualified as a team for the national championships, but it marked the program's fifth-straight trip to nationals. FSU has reached the national championships each year since 2008 when the Bulldogs qualified for the first time since 1987.
The men's squad advanced a year ago to nationals for the first time since 1985 and made the program's eighth all-time Division II national berth.
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